The Innocents (2021)

The Innocents (2021)

Blending elements of fantasy and horror, this Scandinavian thriller is sure to unnerve the bravest of viewers

7.7

Movie

Denmark, Finland
Norwegian
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
2021
ESKIL VOGT
Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Irina Eidsvold Tøien
117 min

What it's about

Four children become friends during the summer holidays, and out of sight of the adults they discover they have hidden powers. While exploring their newfound abilities in the nearby forests and playgrounds, their innocent play takes a dark turn and strange things begin to happen.

The take

The Innocents is a Norweigan thriller that follows four kids who discover they have supernatural powers over the summer. They play around and experiment in the woods nearby, but what begins as harmless fun quickly develops into something much more disturbing and sinister.

This unnerving film, a blend of fantasy and horror, doesn't waste time explaining the origins of its mysticism. Instead, it goes straight into action—bending, twisting, and splitting open anything and anyone that gets in its way. This kind of rawness is shocking given the age range of the characters, but it also works to subvert what we've come to expect from kids, youth, and goodness. The Innocents isn't for the faint of heart, but if you can manage some bloody and unhindged scenes, then it's sure worth checking out. Directed by Eskil Vogt, co-writer of critically-acclaimed films like Thelma and The Worst Person in the World

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